Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page appeared on Capitol Hill last Friday for a closed-door deposition.
GOP lawmakers who were present at Page’s closed-door deposition said they learned a lot of new information from the ex-FBI lawyer.
Rep. Mark Meadows said Lisa Page is a very credible witness and cooperating.
Lisa Page also confirmed to lawmakers that the text messages sent between her and her lover Peter Strzok ‘meant exactly what they said,’ contrary to Strzok’s testimony.
One damning text message in particular sent from Strzok on May 19th, 2017, just two days after Robert Mueller was appointed Special Counsel, intrigued investigators and the public alike.
“There’s no big there there,” Strzok texted.
According to investigative reporter, John Solomon, Lisa Page confirmed that text from Peter Strzok did indeed refer to the Trump-Russia case.
Strzok knew it was a nothing-burger yet he forged ahead.
Via John Solomon of The Hill:
For any American who wants an answer sooner, there are just five words, among the thousands of suggestive texts Page and Strzok exchanged, that you should read.
That passage was transmitted on May 19, 2017. “There’s no big there there,” Strzok texted.
The date of the text long has intrigued investigators: It is two days after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee an investigation into alleged collusion between Trump and the Russia campaign.
Since the text was turned over to Congress, investigators wondered whether it referred to the evidence against the Trump campaign.
This month, they finally got the chance to ask. Strzok declined to say — but Page, during a closed-door interview with lawmakers, confirmed in the most pained and contorted way that the message in fact referred to the quality of the Russia case, according to multiple eyewitnesses.
The admission is deeply consequential. It means Rosenstein unleashed the most awesome powers of a special counsel to investigate an allegation that the key FBI officials, driving the investigation for 10 months beforehand, did not think was “there.”
By the time of the text and Mueller’s appointment, the FBI’s best counterintelligence agents had had plenty of time to dig. They knowingly used a dossier funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign — which contained uncorroborated allegations — to persuade the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to issue a warrant to monitor Trump campaign adviser Carter Page (no relation to Lisa Page).
Lisa Page confirmed to lawmakers that the lead counter-intel agent on the Trump-Russia case, Peter Strzok, knew there was zero evidence of collusion between Trump’s camp and the Russians yet he pushed full steam ahead and unleashed the power of the premiere law enforcement agency onto a duly elected president anyway.
John Solomon points out this text exchange between the lovebirds reveals they were attempting to rise through the ranks of the FBI:
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It turns out that what Strzok and Lisa Page were really doing that day was debating whether they should stay with the FBI and try to rise through the ranks to the level of an assistant director (AD) or join Mueller’s special counsel team.
“Who gives a f*ck, one more AD like [redacted] or whoever?” Strzok wrote, weighing the merits of promotion, before apparently suggesting what would be a more attractive role: “An investigation leading to impeachment?”
And Americans are supposed to trust the FBI and intel agencies after this??
Strzok declined to say, but Page — during a closed door interview w/lawmakers, confirmed in the most pained & contorted way that the message (“There’s no big there there”) referred to the quality of the Russia case, according to multiple eyewitnesses. https://t.co/MdbzOwQBfI
— James A. Gagliano (@JamesAGagliano) July 19, 2018